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    Desert eagle owl for sale

    Yep, sadly true. A fellow birder has told me there is a desert eagle owl and two hypos currently for sale in Riyadh's pet souk. Is there anything I can do or anyone I can inform? CITES?
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    Buy them and then let them go ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barth View Post
    Buy them and then let them go ?
    That just fuels the market in my opinion.
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    Yep fair point. Hadn't thought of it like that but I suppose someone else will pay anyway.
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    Clive
    You might try contacting the Saudi Wildlife Commission - web site is www.ncwd.gov.sa/ or e mail mcwd@zagil.net they are based in Riyadh. Hard as it sounds totally agree with you, buying live or stuffed birds just fuels the market - had the same dilema with Lesser Kestrels caught during migration in Bahrain and stuck in cages in the souq.
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    sorry e mail should be ncwd@zagil.net
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    Thanks Jim.

    Another dilemma in the act of releasing caged birds could be that they were captive bred from eggs and you're just sentencing them to starvation.
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    Clive
    Hacking back birds of prey into the wild is not difficult IF you have the time, space and location - would love to do that with an Eagle Owl here. I know in UK and Europe there are plenty of captive bred Eagle Owls - have even seen them at a service station on the M5 - but doubt that yours is a captive bred bird - as far as i can see the last use of Eagle Owls for hunting was in the 1950s around Therhan - they are not used by Arabian Falconers.

    Hypos - just let them go in a date palm plantation - doubt they are captive birds

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